Friday, November 13, 2009

A simple, commonsense word for a commonsense Afghanistan policy

A Simple, Commonsense Word for a Commonsense Afghanistan Policy
President Obama's ambassador to Afghanistan seems to think so, too.
In a leaked cable to Washington sent last week, the US ambassador to Afghanistan, Karl W Eikenberry, argued that it would be a mistake to send reinforcements until the government of Hamid Karzai demonstrates that it will act against corruption and mismanagement. Mr Eikenberry knows what he is talking about because he has long experience of Afghanistan. A recently retired three-star general, he was responsible for training the Afghan security forces from 2002 to 2003 and was top US commander in Afghanistan from 2005 to 2007.
Patrick Cockburn, writing in The Independent, explains why the word "corruption" is a major understatement when it comes to the Afghan government, and why the U.S. and Britain should not continue to support that government militarily.

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